Reggie Fils-Aime, president of Nintendo of America, introduced the Wii U game console at the E3 video game show before a crowd of thousands inside the Nokia Center in Los Angeles. The new console, pictured above, is smaller than an Xbox 360 and larger than a Wii.
Several signs are pointing to Apple refreshing its MacBook Air ultraportable lineup soon — perhaps as soon as this Wednesday.
Zynga‘s Empires & Allies game has rocketed to nearly 10 million users in nine days. That’s a remarkable start for any Facebook game, but for Zynga that is becoming a predictable result.
Here’s our roundup of the week’s top tech business news. First, the most popular stories that we published in the last seven days:
Representative Anthony Weiner’s embarrassing tweet has had a chilling effect on congressional Twitter use, an analysis by Tweetcongress.org shows.
The only thing bad about an E3 photo gallery is that you can’t hear the sounds. E3, the video game industry’s trade show, is an extremely loud trade show, with game exhibitors blasting sounds as much as they can to draw attention to their games. The convention drew an estimated 45,000 people to Los Angeles this week. We were there from the first parties to the last. We saw many of the 35,000 screens showing off new games. Here’s the show in pictures.
Here’s the latest from VentureBeat’s Entrepreneur Corner.
CafePress, a site where people can design and sell custom goods like T-shirts, just filed for its initial public offering.
This year’s Electronic Entertainment Expo (E3) was loud, crowded, and reporters trying to cover the show ran into technology problems left and right.
In its latest forecast of the smartphone market, research firm IDC has predicted that Windows Phone 7 will capture the No. 2 spot in market share by 2015, between Google’s Android at No. 1 and Apple iOS at No. 3. Rival research house Gartner also predicted similar results in April.
Guest Post Many are worried about the long-term viability of BlackBerry given its shrinking market share. Of course, Research in Motion is still making money and selling lots of phones. But the competition from iPhone and Android is intense, and it has to do something to be seen as a “next gen” smartphone supplier if it wants to regain its luster.
Music service startup Spotify has signed an American distribution deal with Universal Music, the third major record label to sign such an agreement, reports All Things Digital.
Google on Wednesday announced that users who want to keep a previous Google Voice number permanently will now have the option — for a small fee.
Apple on Thursday moved to intervene in a lawsuit by patent licensing company Lodsys over in-app purchases, according to FOSS Patents’ Florian Mueller. Apple wants to put itself between Lodsys and seven independent iOS developers that Lodsys sued in district court in Texas on May 31.
Google is converting 5 percent of the parking spaces to electric car charging stations in an attempt to encourage its employees to use its Gfleet electric car sharing program or purchase their own electric cars.
ServiceMax, a company that offers cloud-based mobile field service applications, today announced it has secured a second round of funding for $14 million.
Fusion-io, a tech startup that makes memory modules to make data centers more power efficient, raised $233 million in an initial public offering today.
WildTangent announced today a new service with T-Mobile to monetize games based on the Android mobile operating system. The service will embed advertising in games and offer them for rental.
Vidyo is seeking to disrupt the market for “telepresence” systems that sell for hundreds of thousands of dollars. It will do so with the launch of Vidyo Panorama, a video conferencing system that delivers high-speed, high-definition video calls for nine people now and up to 20 people at a time in the future.
eWise, a company that allows people to to make secure online payments, today announced it has secured a second round of funding for $14 million.
SeaMicro, a maker of low-power servers in Silicon Valley, has raised $20 million in a new round of venture funding as it continues to disrupt traditional servers with low-cost Intel Atom processor machines.
OnLive announced today that it can run high-quality video games on tablets.
There are more than 300 books embedded in the game Elder Scrolls V: Skyrim. That’s an astonishing thing, considering this is just a video game. Then again, this is a fantasy role-playing game, so there’s no such thing as having too much detail in the universe.
Toys and Nintendo games go together. So Activision Blizzard is combining the two into a single integrated product with its Skylanders Spyro’s Adventure game.
At 21, Lara Croft is far more appealing as a heroine than in her older years of over-confidence and swagger. The gun-toting adventurer of Tomb Raider in her younger (pre Angelina Jolie) days was innocent, vulnerable, emotionally unarmed — and still tenacious about surviving the worst.
Not every game teaches you something. But after you play Ubisoft‘s Rocksmith, you’ll be on your way to learning how to play the electric guitar. That’s a promise that games like Guitar Hero and Rock Band never fulfilled.
Last year, one of our favorite games at the E3 video game trade show was Rage, the first-person shooter game coming from legendary game studio id Software. The company, which is now part of ZeniMax Media, hasn’t shipped it yet, so we’ve taken another look at it. By September, consumers will finally get their hands on it.
Nintendo showed off its new video game console, the Wii U, today at the E3 trade show in Los Angeles. The new system ships in the second half of 2012 and will feature a handheld touchscreen controller with a six-inch screen. Here are some close-up pictures of the console and controller.
Nintendo confirmed today that it will ship a new touchscreen controller with the upcoming Wii U game console that will ship in the second half of 2012.
Nintendo announced a number of marquee games for the 3DS handheld today at its press conference at the E3 trade show in Los Angeles. While the first wave of 3DS games arrived in March, these new titles bring out some of Nintendo’s biggest franchises in support of the handheld system.
Game hardware makerRazer is announcing today that it is developing a line of peripheral devices such as mice or keyboards for fans of Star Wars: The Old Republic, the online multiplayer universe coming from Electronic Arts’ BioWare division.
Virgin Gaming is teaming up with the world’s biggest video game retailer, GameStop, to create online video game tournaments.
Violin Memory has raised $40 million for its business of providing super-fast flash memory storage for corporate data centers.
Xfire has gone through a big evolution as a business. But it has always stayed true to its mission of providing social tools such as chat systems for online PC gamers.
It’s been a long day at the E3 video game trade show in Los Angeles. Everyone can now start arguing about who won the battle of the press conferences. Was it Sony or Microsoft? Or Electronic Arts or Ubisoft?
Sony‘s Mod Nation Racers game for its new portable game system, code-named NGP, has an interesting connection to the PlayStation 3. When the Mod Nation Racers game for the NGP launches, it will have more than 2 million user-generated race tracks.
Hewlett-Packard is collaborating with a health monitoring service in Botswana to use technology to detect malaria outbreaks and stop them before they spread too far.
Ghost Recon, part of the legendary Tom Clancy modern warrior franchise at Ubisoft, is about to push into the next generation.
Battlefield 3 is a critical game for the comeback of Electronic Arts. And today, at EA’s E3 press event, gamers got a first good look at the way the game will play when it launches on Oct. 25.
After playing hands-on with the much-anticipated Star Wars: The Old Republic, I’m reminded that some gamers love massively multiplayer games and some don’t. So it’s pretty hard for me to predict whether this game will be a smash hit or not when Electronic Arts publishes it sometime later this year on the PC. I think that if you live and breathe Star Wars, this game is for you. But if you’re not a fan or are a casual fan of George Lucas’s sci-fi series, then you’re not likely to make a big time investment in playing this game. If the stock market investors among you want a clearer answer than that, I’m sorry but I just can’t tell at this point.